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PCPA Theater

PCPA Theaterfest Solvang
The 700 seat Solvang Festival Theater
420 2nd Street
Solvang, Ca.
(805) 922-8313

• The Glass Menagerie :

• Shrek The Musical :

• Sense & Sensibility:

• In the Heights:

An outdoor under the stars, 700 seat theater with LIVE productions throughout the summer months.

From Points North and South:

Embrace the Experience...

Among the unique attributes of PCPA is the rich history from which it presses into the future. PCPA's production and instructional legacy is borne most clearly in the commitment and passion of the artists who have created, served and grown here. Just a few of the more recognizable names of the approximately 5500 craftspeople who have either worked or trained at PCPA:

We're excited to have you with us as we set the stage for a season of massive humanity. At PCPA we remain passionately engaged with the work of today even as we lift our eyes to the future. As a conservatory theatre we have a singular commitment to excellence, manifest in a dual form – stellar artistry created for our community today and a great investment in training the artist for the future. Reveling in and revealing what's happening today, while shaping and sharpening ourselves for tomorrow.

The theatre has always been a place in which the hopes and dreams of the culture reside.Where our aspirations about the possible, but as yet unachieved, can be relished and fostered. This is particularly true of a conservatory theatre. It is a sanctuary, a safe habitat, for our dreams and potentials. A Conservatory is a place in which the fledgling are protected and nurtured for their growth. A Conservatory can also be the repository of the aspirations and values of a culture,or many cultures – a place in which new hybrids are cultivated, nourished and brought to fruition. A Conservatory is always a place of energy and potential, intensity and growth, structure and creativity. That is the kind of place PCPA is, and dreams of being.

We dream of the theatre establishing its place in the life of the community as a center in which we gather to have a public discourse on that which binds us together and separates us; about what is beautiful, funny, frightening and bold in us.

We dream of making theatre that will have an impact – theatre of grandeur and majesty – not just because of the number of sequins or scope of the scenery, though we do want to dazzle you with our production values. We want to tell stories too great for our stage to hold – so epic that they can take root only in your heart and live their life fully only in the shared imagination, consciousness and conviction of the whole community.

We dream the dreams of the awakened. We want the theatre to be a place of enlightenment and inquiry. We want the theatre to be a place of beauty and intrigue, a place of authentic fancy and serious fun, a place of grit and grandiloquence.

Because the art of the theatre and the aspiration of the student always attempt to stand firmly on the uncertain ground of creative endeavor, challenge and change is the way of things. Artists and students of art immemorial have lived in struggle because they are, inherently, engaged in the act of reflecting what is and imagining what is not yet, but could be. They are filled with the sense of expectancy, exertion, and perhaps too frequent exhaustion, that is the common parlance of attempting to do anything great in the face of enormous challenge.

We face, and indeed embrace, the challenges of creating theatre for our community in the belief that the live theatre is genuinely an important component of “the good life.” A life we aspire to ourselves and seek to share and create in our community. Of course one of the prime challenges that any artistic enterprise faces is money. The price of your ticket pays for about one-third of the overall operating costs for PCPA – that's right, 35%.

The reality is, though we've enjoyed a strong history in service to this community, we find ourselves in a cycle in which our income doesn't't meet our expenses – even with the generosity of our past and current donors and the tremendous support of Allan Hancock College for the training programs and theatre operations. We want to break that cycle, we must, and we need your participation. As we seek to use our creative vision to express and reflect the values of this community, we rely on the vision of the community to support the work of the company.

Participate in the Dream...

If you value PCPA's role in this community and want to ensure that it will continue to be a Conservatory for those values in the future life of our culture, I hope you'll consider supporting the work of the company in three ways.

See the plays, all of the plays of the season, and bring your friends and family with you. Every empty seat in the theatre is a lost opportunity for us to serve the community with the power and pleasure of theatre and earn our way in doing so. Once that moment is gone in the live theatre, it's gone forever. Let's fill every seat for every performance.

Contribute to the theatre. If you can, give your time – volunteer, usher, house an artist, spread the word. If you can, contribute money – there are many ways to give and a donor program that's just right for you. Because we're non-profit, your contribution is tax deductible and every dollar goes toward supporting exemplary art and excellent student experience.

Support Allan Hancock College in their ongoing and deepening support of this absolutely unique professional theatre and conservatory training program. There really is no other place like PCPA in the country and we want to continue to be that rare and precious part of the good life here on the Central Coast for years to come.

PCPA is your professional conservatory theatre. Embrace the experience. Participate in the dream.

For more than 40 years PCPA Theaterfest has been presenting exemplary theatre and providing excellent training with a resident company of theatre professionals. Begun in the summer of 1964, founder Donovan Marley laid the ground work for a year-round professional theatre company. PCPA remains the only resident professional company on the Central Coast producing consistent quality entertainment for the community while training thousands of actors and theatre technicians for a career in theatre. The first company consisted of twenty-one actors, calling themselves the Platform Players. They converted an old barracks building into the Interim Theatre with seating for 100. The first production was A Man for All Seasons and enthusiastic standing-room only audiences packed all 10 performances.


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